Global Language Portfolio   (June 2008)

 

COMMUNICATION SELF ASSESSMENT AND GOAL SETTING

 

Date of Self-Assessment _________________________

 

Provisional Checklist for:                                                                                           Writing 

 

Self-assessment: 

Work through the checklist and note in the first of the two right-hand columns what you believe you can already do 80% of the time or more.  Placing a checkmark in the first of the two columns indicates mastery of the task performed rather than occasional success.  After you check off over 80% of the items for a given ACTFL level, you should progress to the next level in that same skill.  Each skill is assessed separately with different levels possible in each of 5 skills.  Keep going through this checklist until you reach the highest level where you checked off at least 4 of the 5 tasks.  Record that level (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) on your GLP Language Passport. 

 

Goal setting: 

Place a checkmark in the second column to identify the next set of goals you wish to reach in the future. 

 

Language: _______________________________________

(1) I can do this easily and well.

(2) This is  one of my goals.

Writing

Level A Basic User

A1 

I can reproduce simple error-free sentences that I have learned previously.

I can write a simple post card or letter to friends, such as “Paris is wonderful!” or “See you soon!”

I can fill out a simple form asking personal information, such as forms for hotel registration or a new ID card.

I can write simple sentences about where I live and identify members of my family.

I can write simple phrases about everyday events, like when to meet or where we are going for dinner.

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A2 

I can draft e-mail messages to request information, make a hotel reservation, or order catalog items well enough to be understood by those used to receiving international requests.

I can write invitations and express thanks in simple language, using greetings and closings I have learned.

I can connect and recombine simple sentences and structures I have already learned to write a short essay or to leave a message at work.

I can describe or narrate certain professional and family activities using familiar vocabulary or structures.

I can narrate certain things that have happened in the near or distant past, especially if I have the help of a dictionary or textbook.

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Level B Independent User

B1 

I can summarize in simple connected sentences the research I have done for a term paper. 

I can write standard letters giving or requesting detailed information, or prepare a simple cover letter and resume in response to a job announcement, as long as I have models to work from. 

I can write compositions or personal letters in which I discuss general topics, explain my preferences, or give news of family and friends.

I can describe films and recount the plot of short stories and plays, using a dictionary as needed.

I can draft simple reports in my professional fields of expertise, observing accepted conventions and making few enough errors that my meaning is understood by classmates or colleagues. 

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B2 

I can express myself with ease on a wide range of topics in my areas of personal interest and professional expertise.

I can write standard formal letters, such as conveying information or making requests, and do so in an acceptable register while using appropriate conventions.

I can write an academic essay or a professional report that requires me to develop arguments and support opinions.

I can easily synthesize information and summarize points of view and arguments found in several sources.

I can write detailed descriptions and narrations, making clear the progression from one event or description to the next in a text that is easily readable.

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Level C Proficient User

C1 

I can write fluently and accurately about a wide range of topics in my areas of personal interest or professional expertise, varying vocabulary and style according to content. 

I can draft detailed smooth-flowing essays and formal reports using both an appropriate register and style.

I can express myself clearly, implementing various strategies to organize and develop my ideas, tailoring my writing to the intended audience.

I can elaborate my case effectively and accurately in complex formal letters, such as addressing or making complaints or responding to situations requiring tact and delicacy.

I can develop clear arguments, giving appropriate emphasis to significant points, presenting relevant supporting details, and drawing logical conclusions, as needed for a term paper or a report. 

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C2 

I can express myself easily in a style adapted to almost any audience and in a manner appropriate to the content of the text.

I can easily draft complex pieces of correspondence, journal articles, and work-related reports.

I can provide and tailor an effective and logical structure for my writing in order to help the reader to find significant points.

I can easily give a critical appreciation of business proposals or literary works, articulating my arguments effectively and accurately using a full range of grammatical structures.

I can utilize idiomatic and colloquial expressions as well as technical jargon in my area of specialty, tailoring language to express fine distinctions of meaning. 

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